Stuart's last drive....
I didn't know the Stuart Barnes personally, but by the presentation and numbers of rigs that combined to send him off on his last drive, he was obviously very well thought of and much liked.
He'd been 17-years driving for Freightlines and was extremely well thought of by the management there, and its not often you get to hear a man described so glowlingly by his bosses. I was told that he'd do anything for anybody.
I was in the area and grabbed this footage of the convoy as it went past for those who knew him but couldn't be there. The boys did themselves proud with the effort they put into polishing up their rigs and it was a very impressive turnout.
If anybody has a facebook link or suchlike, I'm happy to link to it from here.
RIP - the Waitaki Bridge(s)
Opened in 1881, the two single lane bridges that spanned the two braids of the Waitaki river are now no longer in use after the second span was officially opened last month.
At 256-metres and 140-metres, the two wooden bridges were quite an engineering feat back in the 1880s, and the fact that they are still standing over one of the most powerful rivers in the country is a testament to the original bridge-builders skill.
Cromwell based Summerland Transport are regular users of this bridge, and we've used these shots of 'Pasta Louis' and 'Jelley Baby' crossing the bridge back in 2011as a homage to the old structure.
Read the Coronado test when these photos were taken here.
See the rest of the photos -here (Coronado shoot).
Click here for the one news item regarding this bridge prior to the work starting.
Back in time....
Something for you guys that appreciate the sound of hard working 'Jimmy' or old Cummins and like trucks from the sixties and seventies.
This clip is an assemblage of all the trucks that were on the run to commemorate one of the earliest Kenworth's to work in New Zealand - Steptoe, which has been restored and is now owned by Ian Storey.
Historic Mack Attack...
For those who prefer Mack gear - here is a short compilation of Macks caught at work around New Zealand starting with Road Metal's Murray Francis recording their Macks at work during the think-big era through to Vern Higgins mighty Titan at work in the Kaingaroa.